In Ghana, couples celebrate unity by jumping over a broom together, symbolizing the sweeping away of past troubles and the start of a clean, shared life.
Indian weddings often include a tree-planting ritual, where the couple plants a sapling together, representing the growth of their love and the nurturing of their relationship.
In Scotland, the bride and groom are subjected to a playful yet messy tradition called the "Blackening," where friends and family cover them in everything from flour to feathers before the big day.
In certain parts of China, brides are required to cry for an hour every day in the month leading up to the wedding. The tears are believed to bring good luck and symbolize the bride's genuine emotions.
German couples celebrate the night before the wedding with a Polterabend, where guests bring porcelain dishes to break, signifying the challenges the couple may face and the strength needed to overcome them.
For those born under an unfavorable astrological alignment, a Kumbh Vivah, or "Pot Marriage," is performed. The person is married to a pot or an idol before their actual wedding, warding off any potential marital discord.
In the Czech Republic, the bride's single female friends sneakily hide her shoe during the wedding. The belief is that if she can't find it, she'll be the next to marry. It adds a playful twist to the joyous occasion.
Welsh couples exchange intricately carved "Love Spoons" as a symbol of their affection. Each spoon holds different meanings, from prosperity to family, creating a unique and sentimental gift exchanged during the ceremony.